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Re: LF: M0BMU test transmission on sunday evening.

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Subject: Re: LF: M0BMU test transmission on sunday evening.
From: "James Moritz" <[email protected]>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2002 13:06:59 +0000
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Dear Markus, Wolf, LF Group,

Thanks to all the stations listening to the PSK08 test last night, and for all the reports received. DF6NM and myself were able to have a QSO lasting about half an hour with a lot of info exchanged and almost perfect copy on both sides. I was quite impressed with this, since I could not really hear Markus' signal at all in the headphones under the QRM; maybe a more expert CW operator than myself could have heard something, but certainly not have been able to carry on the leisurely QSO that we had. Conditions were not ideal at my end with the local noise level, and I was using lower ERP than for the TA tests, with my antenna at a lower height.
I think PSK08 could form a good basis for development of a specialised LF
data mode; the bandwidth is suitably narrow, and it can clearly function
with the kind of SNR we experience. At the same time, the speed of
signalling is probably as fast as in a manual CW contact at moderate
speeds, as is the norm on LF. The band conditions at my QTH were noisy, but
with few QRN crashes - the static crashes seemed to be what caused the
occasional corrupted character, so a developed version might attempt to
improve on this - perhaps using some form of error correction; or a
hardware or software noise blanker might be helpful.
So congratulations are due to DL4YHF; SpecLab may be a "building site", but
it is one with an ever increasing number of interesting features and
capabilities, and well worth taking the time to investigate. Btw Wolf, I
didn't know there was such a thing as a "squelch killing postamble tone",
so my hardware may be ignoring it - what form does it take?
Cheers, Jim Moritz
73 de M0BMU



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